Timberwolves looking to get back on the winning track| Baseball

By David Pan | Apr 21, 2017
Photo by: David Pan Jackson’s Tyler Elsemore delivers a pitch to Mount Vernon during a Wesco 4A game at Jackson High School.

After opening league play with a victory, the Jackson baseball team has fallen on hard times.

The Timberwolves have won only one of their last six games against their Wesco 4A rivals and the Wolfpack currently are toward the bottom of the standings with a 2-5 league mark and a 2-7 overall record.

The solution isn’t complicated.

“We need to win games,” Jackson coach Kirk Nicholson said. “That’s all it is. We need to win some games.”

Jackson defeated Glacier Peak 7-2 in late March but since has lost games to the Grizzlies (13-1), Mount Vernon (5-4 and 4-0), Cascade (5-0) and Mariner (2-1). The lone win during this stretch was 7-3 over Cascade on Friday, April 14.

Marauder pitchers Elijah White and Will Ozuna limited the Timberwolves to six hits in the Tuesday, April 18 contest.

“We hit a lot balls at guys,” Nicholson said.

White, who pitched the first six innings, didn’t issue many walks and worked out of some tight situations, Nicholson added.

The Jackson coach isn’t able to pinpoint a common thread in the five recent losses.

“We’ve had a tough stretch,” he said. “We’ve been in the lead and lost in the seventh. … I think we need to play some more ball and get ourselves in a groove and get going.”

Junior center fielder Carter Booth and junior third baseman Diego Altamirano are two of the players the Timberwolves will be relying on.

“Those two guys are putting up some decent numbers hitting,” Nicholson said.

Senior Jacob Bogacz also has pitched well all season, Nicholson added.

Weather permitting, Jackson has five games against Kamiak, Mariner and Monroe in the next seven days, starting on Friday, April 21.

“We’re playing a lot of ball the next two and a half weeks,” Nicholson said. “We’re working on some things and hope to get better.”

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